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[dinosaur] Books: Alaska Dinosaurs + Digital Endocasts + Dinosaurs, Birds, and Pterosaurs of Korea

Ben Creisler

Some recent books with content of interest:

Anthony R. Fiorillo (2018)
Alaska Dinosaurs: An Ancient Arctic World
CRC Press 224 pages | 46 Color Illus. | 56 B/W Illus.
Hardback: 9781138060876
pub: 2017-12-15


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ÂReviews the geological history of the Arctic, especially Alaska
ÂDescribes the dinosaurs known from Alaskan Mesozoic sediments
ÂExamines evidence for a warmer Polar Region
ÂReports on extensive fieldwork conducted over many years
ÂExamines the feedback loops between dinosaurs and climate

The Age of the Ancient Arctic. History Leading to Arctic Alaska Dinosaur
Discoveries. A Paleontologist's Perspective on the Geology of Alaska. The Bones.
The Footprints. Overview of Cretaceous Plants from Alaska. Aspects of Paleobiology
and Paleoecology. Paleoclimate. The State of the Ancient Arctic.


Stig A. Walsh & Fabien Knoll (2018)Â
The Evolution of Avian Intelligence and Sensory Capabilities: The Fossil Evidence.Â
In: Bruner E., Ogihara N., Tanabe H. (eds) Digital Endocasts: 56-69.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-4-431-56582-6_5

Crocodiles and birds are the only living representatives of Archosauria, a once diverse clade of vertebrates that mastered terrestrial, aerial and aquatic environments during the Mesozoic. Because the braincases of archosaurs are largely ossified, the group has particularly benefited from advances in non-destructive visualisation of endocranial structures over the past two decades. Here, we focus on the neurosensory evolution in the avian lineage of the Archosauria, a group in which the Bauplan of most representatives is optimised to accommodate the functional demands of flight. Neurosensory evolution in birds included a trend towards an enlargement of the telencephalon relative to the rest of the brain, an increased vestibular system sensitivity and probably also a widening of auditory frequency range and an increased reliance on visual stimuli. Despite a relatively smooth surface, bird endocasts provide crucial information on the evolution of a critical structure, the Wulst, which underwent significant enlargement during the Cenozoic and is found with highly variable form in all extant birds. With our increasing awareness of avian cognitive capacity and neural structure, the evolution of the brain in the sauropsid lineage represents an increasingly useful comparative tool against which the development of the synapsid lineage brain of primates can be assessed. Current refinements in quantification of brain structures in extant birds are improving the reliability of the information derived from the external surface of endocasts. This, in turn, should result in a better understanding of the palaeoneurology of extinct birds and other dinosaurs.


Jeong Yul Kim & Min Hu (2018)
Dinosaurs, Birds, and Pterosaurs of Korea: A Paradise of Mesozoic Vertebrates
Springer, Singapore
doi: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-10-6998-7

Selected contents:

This is the first academic book about the dinosaurs, birds and pterosaurs of Korea, one of the richest and most exciting regions on earth for the study of vertebrate ichnology. Many ichnogenera appear indigenous to Korea, and based on present evidence there is nowhere else in the world where such densities and diversity of vertebrate tracks have been reported. Many sites also reveal the highest density of bird and dinosaur track levels in the world.

The book describes the significant advances in Cretaceous vertebrate ichnology and dinosaur research made in Korea over the past twenty years. Several dinosaur fossil sites have been excavated, and unique vertebrate fossils including dinosaurs and pterosaurs have been discovered. This landslide of discovery has resulted in a proliferation of papers on vertebrate tracks and remains from the Cretaceous of South Korea and the growing recognition that as a region it reveals multiple track-rich sequences of unique quality and scientific utility. Because of the outstanding ichnological resources in this region it has been dubbed the Korean Cretaceous Dinosaur Coast (KCDC), and many sites of national and international significance have been designated as national natural monuments of Korea.

This book is written for geologists, paleontologists, ichnologists, geology and earth science students, and earth science teachers at high school, as well as the general reader interested in ancient life including the dinosaurs, birds, and pterosaurs of Korea. The goal of this book is to provide readers with a scientific understanding of Mesozoic life flourishing in the Korean Peninsula. To facilitate easy comprehension, the book contains many sketches, graphs, diagrams, photographs and tables and is supported by a comprehensive glossary.


Front Matter (free pdf)


Jeong Yul Kim & Min Hu (2018)
In: Dinosaurs, Birds, and Pterosaurs of Korea: A Paradise of Mesozoic Vertebrates: 1-29
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-10-6998-7_1

The Korean Peninsula extends southward from the eastern end of the Asian continent. It is roughly 1000 km (621 miles) long and 216 km (134 miles) wide at its narrowest point. Mountains cover 70% of the land mass, making Korea one of the most mountainous regions in the world. The mountain range that stretches along the east coast falls steeply into the East Sea; along the south and west coasts, the mountains descend gradually to the coastal plains that produce the bulk of Koreaâs agricultural crops, especially rice.


Jeong Yul Kim & Min Huh (2018)
Dinosaurs of Korea.
In: Dinosaurs, Birds, and Pterosaurs of Korea: A Paradise of Mesozoic Vertebrates: 31-107
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-10-6998-7_2

Numerous tracks of ornithopods, theropods, and sauropod dinosaurs have occurred in the Cretaceous basins mainly located in south east and south of the Korean Peninsula. In addition, diverse fossils of dinosaur bones, teeth, eggshells, skin impressions, and tail traces have been also discovered, though these are relatively uncommon compared with dinosaur tracks. This chapter presents visual images of well-preserved and paleontologically significant tracks, bones, teeth, and eggshells of dinosaurs.


Jeong Yul Kim & Min Huh (2018)
Birds from the Cretaceous of Korea
In: Dinosaurs, Birds, and Pterosaurs of Korea: A Paradise of Mesozoic Vertebrates: 109-137
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-10-6998-7_3

In 1859, when Darwinâs On the Origin of Species was published and two years before Archaeopteryx was discovered, fossil bird tracks were described for the first time at the Eocene deposits in France (Desnoyers in Bull Soc Geol France 2:936â944, 1859).


Jeong Yul Kim & Min Huh (2018)
Pterosaurs and Other Reptiles of Korea
In: Dinosaurs, Birds, and Pterosaurs of Korea: A Paradise of Mesozoic Vertebrates: Pages 139-176
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-10-6998-7_4

Unlike dinosaurs and birds which were discovered in abundance from the Cretaceous in Korea, pterosaur and other reptile fossils are comparatively rare. Nevertheless, tracks, teeth, and skeletons of pterosaurs have been reported, and they are highly significant for paleontological understanding not only about pterosaurs, but also about the dinosaurs and birds that flourished in east Asia during the Cretaceous Period.


Jeong Yul Kim & Min Huh (2018)
Major Cretaceous Fossil Sites in Korea.
In: Dinosaurs, Birds, and Pterosaurs of Korea: A Paradise of Mesozoic Vertebrates:Â 229-273
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-10-6998-7_6


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